Jane Gardam: ‘When I was six, my brother was born and my mother became ill. She didn’t notice me much. My aunts rescued me by reading to me.’ Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty

Six-year-old murderers are not frequent heroines in fiction, but Jane Gardam has a way of making the unimaginable acceptable. She does this so subt(...)

Jane Gardam: not as famous as Martin Amis. Photograph: Victoria Salman

Why isn’t Jane Gardam more famous? That’s what I kept wondering as I read her funny, moving new novel, Last Friends. It’s something that has baffled m(...)